Fuel crisis: Role of State is to make life better not worsen it
SEE ALSO :Police surveillance, Huduma cash slashedThe absence of the president from the country hasn’t made things any better. President Uhuru Kenyattas’s trip to China ended nearly three days ago and there has been no information about his whereabouts. But even then, he gets daily briefs on goings-on at home. If nothing else, Mr Kenyatta should have nudged his officers to talk to the public to assuage the fears of many Kenyan businessmen and traders who feared for their investments. In fact, Mr Kenyatta should be troubled about his bumbling, incoherent Finance minister who, even when he had a chance to explain away things, left it to rumbling politicians who obviously are out of depth. Additionally, it is what brought about the fuel crisis, rather than the reactions after the enforcement of the VAT that should worry us. Looking at it closely, it is evident that the fundamentals of managing public finance and the role of the State have been ignored at best and at worst, subverted. The Jubilee administration, just like many before, believes that doing, rather helping the people do big things will help take the country to the next level. That is in spite of the bureaucracy’s inadequacies like inefficiency, wastage, corruption and theft. Indeed, Jubilees’ economic policies tend to make nonsense of the common practice; that the private sector drives the economic mortar. Most successful governments go to any lengths to protect this goose that lays the golden egg.
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